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Sep 18, 2010 5:30pm PDT
. >>> "nbc nightly news" is next. we'll seyou ba >>> center stage. sarah palin in iowa, a visit that's raising big questions about her future and the party's. >>> drawing a crowd. of the faithful and the furious. >> we don't want him here! >> we don't want him here! >> strong words tonight from the pope in london. >>> taking aim. hurricane igor bears down on bermuda as the cleanup begins in the wake of another killer storm. >>> and miracle mom. a young mother of three defies death and now she's using her life to make a difference. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. coming off of a drama of some of this week's state primary contests, believe it or not, not all the political focus these days is on the november midterm elections. the run-up to the 2012 presidential campaign is also slowly starting to build. tonight, those handicapping the potential republican challengers are trying to figure out what to make of sarah palin's high profile appearance this weekend in a place where presidential runs usually get off the ground. nbc's mike viqueira is in washingto
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Sep 27, 2010 4:00am PDT
a delta flight's landing gear failedo deploy. >>> and "education nation." nbc news takes a special in-depth look at the state of our nation's schools. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning to you including those in the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. >>> this morning we begin on the brink -- this morning several states in the midwest are trying to stay dry as rivers there are rising to dangerous levels. the situation is particularly precarious along the wisconsin river where one levee built in the 1890s is failing. while it hasn't collapsed, officials don't consider it safe. they recommend evacuation and have warned residents that if the levee breaks, emergency vehicles, including police, fire, and ambulances will not be able to reach those who stay behind. fortunately water levels are beginning to recede elsewhere in wisconsin where a state of emergency had been declared in several counties. >>> this morning's "new york times" is reporting that federal officials are seeking broader authority to hunt down criminal and terror suspects on t
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Sep 2, 2010 4:00am PDT
. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with states of emergency. north carolina, virginia and maryland are all on the highest level of alert as the east coast braces for the arrival of hurricane earl. even a slight shift in the projected path of what experts are calling an impressive, massive storm could spell disaster for the eastern seaboard. nbc's kristen dahlgren has the latest from north carolina's outer banks. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. well, there's been so much talk about where earl and its eye is going to track, and the bottom line this morning is it may not make that much difference because the hurricane-force winds extend out 90 miles from the center. tropical storm force winds out 200 miles from the center. so, along much of the coastline, things about to get much worse. as darkness fell on the carolina coast, earl strengthened, bringing with it powerful waves but also uncertainty. >> earl's a big unknown. if it stays out to s
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Sep 20, 2010 4:00am PDT
. this time, accused of squatting. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pick time zone. i'm lynn berry and today we begin with mission finally accomplished. bp said a permanent seal is in a place at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. however, killing the catastrophic well off is a bittersweet victory for gulf coast residents who fear they'll be battling the effects of the nation's worst environmental disaster for years to come. nbc's jay gray has our report. >> reporter: it began april 20th with a massive fireball and deadly flames cutting through the night air as the deepwater horizon rig exploded then collapsed. 11 fives were lost and oil began to seep into the gulf. the start of the worst spill in u.s. history. now 154 days later government scientists say the final seal, barrels of cement, is holding tight and that the well will never leak again. president obama acknowledged the work that's been done and perhaps the more difficult job that lies ahead in a written statement which says in part, we w
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Sep 28, 2010 4:00am PDT
for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good tuesday morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with taking aim on the trail. president obama took republicans to task for their proposed pledge to america yesterday, calling their policies, "irresponsible." today the president sets out on a campaign swing with stops planned in four states to sell his plan to fix the economy. tracie potts is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. you will see the president's events take on a distinct campaign-like feel. two goals swinging through several states. first of all, to energize young voters, and as you said, sell his economic recovery plan. it's a plan that now includes a new $30 billion fund for small businesses. he signed that into law yesterday. the idea is to provide them more money so these businesses can expand, and hopefully hire more workers and affect the low jobless rate in this country. this is a message he'll take to
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Sep 6, 2010 5:30pm PDT
news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm kate snow in for brian williams on this labor day. president obama spent the holiday in milwaukee talking to union members about the economy and topic number one for so many families right now -- creating more jobs. according to the august unemployment report which came out on friday, nearly 15 million people are without jobs on this labor day and another 9 million are working part time, not because they choose to, but because they cannot find a full-time job. the obama administration is unveiling new plans this week to try to boost job growth, but today's speech was as much about politics as it was about new programs with the midterm elections just eight weeks from tomorrow. joining me now from the white house, nbc's mike viqueira. mike, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, kate. the president told supporters today there is no silver bullet for what ails the economy, but in a speech that quickly became a political stemwinder, that didn't stop him from firing away at republican opponents. [
NBC
Sep 15, 2010 5:30pm PDT
job is in deep jeopardy. >>> an nbc news exclusive. the leader of iran, what he thinks about the fate of those jailed hikers and the controversial plan to put an islamic center near ground zero. >>> holy grail. will there ever be a safe pill for weight loss? tonight, the fate of one that was supposed to be a block buster is hanging in the balance. >>> and saying goodbye to edwin newman, whose brilliant career made us all better. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if there is a lesson from last night, here it is. the tea party is for real, in case anyone had any doubts. and within the republican party, you could see some veteran politicians adjusting to that idea after watching a few establishment politicians go down to defeat last night. they were primary elections last night in a number of important places and races. the message of voter discontent, and the status quo, loud and clear. while that was last night's result, and november is something else entirely, lots of people awoke to a new political reality today. but there's a
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Sep 21, 2010 4:00am PDT
for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pick time zone. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with on the defensive. at a town hall held by cnbc in the nation's capital, president obama held his ground while frustrated citizens took turns taking shots at his economic strategy. the president repeatedly defended his policies while fielding pointed questions from americans who fear the worse from the economy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> quite frankly, i'm exhausted. i'm exhausted in defending you, defending your administration. >> reporter: reporters laid into him live on cnbc's town hall. people like zelma hart. >> i voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. i'm one of those people and i'm waiting, sir. i'm waiting. i don't feel it yet. >> reporter: the same from an out of work law school graduate. >> i really want to know. is the american dream dead for me? >> absolutely not. we're moving in the right direction. >> reporter: there's more proof of that
NBC
Sep 26, 2010 3:30pm PDT
captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> why our students are falling behind and how they can get back on top. our nbc special coverage begins. >>> under suspicion. an embattled pastor breaks his silence about accusations of sexual abuse. >>> rough landing. >> get down. stay down. heads down. stay down. >> an emergency in flight caught on tape. >>> and going for the gold, how the nfl hopes to build its audience by thinking young. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >>> good evening, everyone. we're coming to you tonight from the plaza outside our rockefeller center studios in what we have transferred this week into learning plaza. it's part of education nation. nbc news special coverage this week focusing on our nation's schools and how we can help our children succeed. a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll finds half of americans believe public grade schools need major changes or a complete overhaul. this week we help to stimulate a national conversation about that. that conversation got a boost this past
NBC
Sep 1, 2010 6:00pm EDT
made as nbc news was investigating the story this afternoon and made a phone call to the discovery communication headquarters building in silver spring. police say hostage negotiators were in contact with lee for nearly the entire ordeal. now we've learned this evening of another phone call that james jay lee made during this stand-off. he call nbc news headquarters in new york. here is an excerpt. i will read it to you verdict bait yim. lee, i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped the my body ready to go off. i have a device, if i drop it, if i drop it, i'll explode. the nbc news producer. so how long have you been working on this particular bomb? >> lee. three week. around three weeks or a month. the nbc news producer. three weeks? lee, did i a lot of research. i had to experiment. nbc news producer. and how many bombs again do you have? lee, i have several. nbc news producer. do you have a gun? lee responds, i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body ready to go off. now again, that is verbatim of a recorded phone conversation
NBC
Sep 27, 2010 4:00am EDT
moments at jfk airport when a delta flight's landing gear fas to deploy. >>> and education. nbc takes a special in-depth look at the state of our nation's schools. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and a very good moing to you. i'm veronica dell a cruise. today we begin with on the brink. residents are trying to stay drive as rivers are trying to rise to dangerous levels. one levee built in the 18 # 0s has. it has warneded residents that ifhe levee brings merge vehicles incding police, fire, and balances will not be able to reach those who stay behind. waters are beginning to reseed elsewhere where emergencies had been declared. >>> this morning they're seeking broader authority to track down. to design their network so fbi officials can monitor suspects if the companies are served with a wire tap order. right now those services ewing what's known as peer to peer software are difficult to intercept because they're not rooted through a central hub. cording to the times, the bill which the obama administration plans to submit next year raises fres fresh questions.
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Sep 29, 2010 4:00am PDT
. now a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows voters want change. >>> seeing red. a colombian bullfight turns deadly for rowdy spectators. >>> and military mishaps. two navy pilots under fire for lowering their choppers into lake tahoe. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good wednesday morning to you. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with desperate measures. president obama heads to the nation's heartland today where he will no doubt rake republicans over the coals, but they aren't the only ones in the hot seat. the president turned up the heat on his own party members yesterday. hoping to return the support that won him the presidency. nbc's tracie potts has more from washington. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. good morning, everyone. buck up. that's what president obama said, his word literally to democrats. trying to re-energize the party with some political tough love. >> i don't know about you, but i'm fired up. >> reporter: president
NBC
Sep 8, 2010 4:00am PDT
florida officials take no chances with a toy pony bomb scare. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with getting personal. president obama will dig deep during his speech in cleveland today where according to administration officials he'll draw on his own personal background to convince voters that he knows what it's like to struggle through tough times. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to rescue the economy. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. today the president will deliver that speech in a state where one of his harshest critics is from, republican leader john boehner, and from a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president's expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in busine
NBC
Sep 9, 2010 4:00am PDT
on the dance floor. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with burning heat. a problematic pastor in florida is defying the nation's highest ranking authorities, saying he will burn copies of the koran on september 11th. with the anniversary of the infamous terror attacks just days away, the church leader's planned protest against what he calls the evil of islam has become a lightning-rod topic worldwide. nbc's leanne gregg has more. >> reporter: outrageous, disgraceful, but constitutionally legal. those are some descriptions of pastor terry jones' plans to pile up korans, the muslim holy book, and burn them in commemoration of september 11th. despite pleas, the pastor of a small church in gainesville, florida, refuses to call it off. >> we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> reporter: jones says his actions are from a message from god. in jakarta, indonesia, protesters call it a symbol of hate, asking the u.s. government to
NBC
Sep 5, 2010 6:30pm EDT
in hot pursuit of a whole new audience. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >>> good evening. investigators this weekend are gegtd their first close-up look at the critical piece of machinery that was supposed to have prevented the massive bp oil spill. the 300-ton blowout preventer which should have sealed off the flow of oil after the deep water horizon rig exploded is an important piece of evidence. after carefully lifted from the seafloor last evening under the watchful eyes of the fbi. the full explanation is undetermined, but now investigators are a step closer to learning how the tragedy unfolded into this country's largest environmental disaster. nbc's anne thompson was on board the thip that retrieved the preventer and joins us from new orleans with more. ann. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the blowout preventer is now in the custody of the fbi tonight, making its way to shore and to a nasa facility here in louisiana where it will be inspected for evidence as investigators try to answer the question of why it faile
NBC
Sep 21, 2010 5:30pm PDT
exploded aimed at eradicating bedbugs. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> with political anger roaring across the country tonight we go to a small town where the citizens found out how much their public servants were making and they went wild. it happened in bell, california, where the city manager for starters was making $800,000. tonight, eight current and former town officials are in jail. the l.a. county d.a. is calling this corruption on steroids and all public officials like them across the country should probably regard this as a warning shot. we begin tonight with nbc's george lewis who is in the l.a. suburb. george, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the eight are accused of misappropriating $5.5 million of city funds for their own use. authorities from the district's attorney's office rounded them up first thing this morning. >> do you have anything to say about the charges? >> reporter: the big fish is the former bell city manager robert rizzo picked up at his luxury home in huntington beach, california, accu
NBC
Sep 30, 2010 4:00am PDT
constituents may be most frustrated by what congress did not get done. nbc's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, they got out without making a decision on the tax cuts. democrats want to extend them for the r for the middle class. republicans want to extend them for everyone. that decision now pushed back until after the election. in the house, 39 democrats side with republicans on that vote to adjourn without dealing with taxes. but there was a flurry of activity several items approved, including a 9/11 victims compensation fund that will be reopened and the government will also pay for health care for ground zero workers. that had been opposed, saying it was another big $7 billion entitlement program. a temporary spending bill was passed. the government's fiscal year ends today. temporary spending bill will allow the government to continue operate for another two months, and some major changes coming to nasa. the space shuttle program and the space station will continue, but the constellation program sending astronauts back to the moo
NBC
Sep 1, 2010 4:00am PDT
or swim. a pool turns into a parking spot for one car in florida. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> this is "early today" for wednesday, september 1, 2010. >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with turning the page. president obama addressed the nation from the oval office last night, putting an official end to the united states combat role in iraq. the president thanked americans for paying a, quote, huge price during the seven-year war saying it's time to move forward without closing the book on the future of iraq. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with more. tracy, good morning >> reporter: lynn, good morning. with the military operations in iraq behind us, president obama said last night that looking forward, the next big mission is right here at home. >> the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: with combat troops now out of iraq, president obama announced a new mission. >> our most urgent task is to restore our economy and put the millio
NBC
Sep 7, 2010 4:00am PDT
paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with dwindling support. this morning a fresh report card is out on washington. for the white house the numbers are not looking good. with just weeks to go before the midterm elections. in a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll, almost half of americans now disapprove of president obama and six out of ten think the company is headed in the wrong direction. meanwhile democrats in congress have some hurdles to overcome as well. right now among likely voters, almost half prefer republicans. those new numbers come just as president obama unveiled his plan yesterday to use the infrastructure to put americans on track and back to work building rail ways and roads. they wasted no time blasting the proposal as the gop blamed the president for putting the country in reverse. tracie potts joins us from washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the poll numbers show we're not satisfied with the economy, not
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Sep 13, 2010 5:30pm PDT
. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. there was something about watching all those homes in california incinerated in that natural gas explosion and fire that made people think of their own homes, to see a neighborhood that was thriving just last week, gone today, makes you think twice about the dangers we all live with. in this case, the pipelines and gas mains that crisscross the country and bring energy to american homes. hundreds of thousands of miles of them passing under communities like san bruno, california. we start off just south of san francisco. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. tonight, the company that owns the ruptured line offered a bp-like fund. $100 million for families affected by the blast, but tonight, many of them just want answers. as new video surfaced of last week's gas explosion in san bruno, the gas company began inspecting all 5,000 miles of its natural gas lines. a mandate issued by a state regulator, was ordered to protect the gas company's 15 million customers. but according
NBC
Sep 12, 2010 7:00am PDT
shows that pg&e did not plan to replace that pipeline for another three years. nbc bay area's tracy grant is live in san bruno this morning with the details on the investigation. good morning, tracy. >> reporter: good morning, kris. we're here live at the red cross staging area here at the bay hill shopping center in san bruno. now, it's a rather disturbing document from pg&e. and no doubt, the utility and the national transportation safety board will face a lot of questions about it today at a press conference that is scheduled to begin right here in about an hour. now, it may end up confirming what caused the explosion that blasted dozens of homes and killed seven people thursday in the san bruno neighborhood, and could help authorities determine who is to blame. the documents show that pg&e knew that the section of the pipe that ruptured was at a high risk to fail. and for three years, the company did nothing to repair it or to replace it. documents uncovered by "the bay citizen" reveal that going back as early as 2007, pg&e officials expressed concern about the pipeline installe
NBC
Sep 5, 2010 5:30pm PDT
chilean flamingos, and they made eggs and they hatched. nbc nightly news is next. good night. >>> in custody, a massive piece of hardware >>> in custody a massive piece of hardware raced from the seafloor, now it's evidence in a disaster that cost 11 lives and countless livelihoods in the gulf. make-or-break. the president's big push on the economy and now the election clock is ticking. adult supervision, a popular website under fire blocks its own controversial content, but for how long? >>> and foreign affair. hollywood in hot pursuit of a whole new audience. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news." >>> investigators get the first close-up look at critical piece of machinery that was supposed to have prevented the massive bp oil spill. the 300-ton blowout preventer that should have sealed off the flow of oil after the deep water horizon rig exploded is tonight an important piece of evidence. after being carefully lifted from the seafloor last even under the careful eyes of the fbi. the full explanation of the explosion that killed 11 wor
NBC
Sep 13, 2010 4:00am PDT
world record. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good monday morning to you. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pick time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. >>> today we begin with a tax cut tussle. congress gets back to work this week with washington squarely at odds over proposed tax cuts. this weekend taxes were a main point of protest for tea party supporters who took to the streets from the capital in sacramento to say no to big government. nbc's brian moore reports. >> reporter: members of the tea party movement marched through the nation's capital, coming from far and wide to send a message. >> i want the spending stopped. i want the big government stopped. and the taxes. don't want the taxes. >> reporter: there were also rallies in st. louis and sacramento, notably smaller gatherings than last year's nationwide tea party, but no less vocal. >> i'm just a plain old person. but i have a big, big desire to see my country go back to its roots. >> reporter: republicans want to ride this wave back to power. but first, they'll face some tough
NBC
Sep 22, 2010 4:00am PDT
into a brawl between two women with infants. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pick time zone. i'm amara sohn. >>> today we begin with a no-go on don't ask, don't tell. a move by senate democrats to repeal the military's ban on gays serving openly in the armed services fell short yesterday. it was blocked by republicans with some claiming democrats were using the issue to score political points. steve handelsman has more. >> i stand here today on two good legs again as a proud, gay marine. >> reporter: democrats rolled out their big guns. eric alfa, one of the first warriors hurt in the war. >> someone who served in battle and others new i was gay and it did not matter. >> reporter: alva got a medical discharge, but since don't ask, don't tell took effect in 1993, 13,000 men and women have been kicked out of the military. >> but it's long past time to repeal this policy, which is both unjust, un-american and extremely hurtful to the effectiveness of our military. >> reporter: but republicans blocked
NBC
Sep 22, 2010 5:30pm PDT
union, our kids and superman? "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. for years a lot of us bought them without thinking much about them. but then you tend to think about them when cases of salmonella start galloping across the country as they just did. so today in washington, they heard testimony from two of the largest egg producers in this country. millions of people have purchased their brands without knowing it and still will. the problem is, 1,600 people got sick recently in 22 out of 50 states. there could be many more who passed it off as a passing bug. 500 million eggs were recalled. today, we got a glimpse, for better or worse, into these two big producers. our own tom costello starts us off from washington. he's in a store there tonight. tom, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. in fact, most grocery stores nationwide, all stores should be free of those bad eggs. today, the iowa farm at the center of this mess suggested that a third provider, a feed supplier, may be responsible for the salmonella that has led to the reca
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Sep 24, 2010 4:00am PDT
for by nbc-universal television >>> hole and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm amara sohn. >>> yesterday, divided democrats punted on a serve to move to after november. incomes's tracie potts joins us with the latest. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: good morning. the international is confirming what we heard from nancy pelosi and the house, they will not deal with the tax issue until after november's election, after you go to vote. senate majority leader harry reid say they go sat down with democrats in the senate but couldn't work out an idea of how they would proceed with this in the senate. the idea here is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it's a political hot potato. not one democrat seems to want to touch this before everyone goez to the polls. they backed a small business bill, now going to the president's desk. $30 billion to set up a new fund for small businesses to get loans so that they can expand, so they can hire people. the gop cal
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Sep 3, 2010 4:00am PDT
by a pickup truck a motorcyclist is sent somersaulting by a pickup truck in iowa. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> hello. good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with storm surge. the carolina coast is riding out the effects of hurricane earl this morning while folks in the northeast are on the watch for hurricane and tropical storm-force winds. early, a category two storm, is threatening to whip up dangerous waves and threatening rip tides all along the east coast all throughout the day. kristin dahlgren is in north carolina outer banks with the latest. kristen, good morning. >>> good morning, lynn. things have really been picking up along the outer banks. take a look. can you see the wind and rain continuing to wsh apounding. rain was sideways as mountains of surf piled up and took their chances riding out the storm could only hope they made the right decision. while the center of earl has so far stayed offshore, the glancing blow was enough to send many packing earlier in the day. cars and ro
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Sep 6, 2010 4:00am PDT
hurdles for trapped chilean miners. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with laboring on labor day. as much of the nation takes the day off to celebrate this labor day, president obama will be working instead, talking up his plan to help put unemployed americans back to work. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more. tracy, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. traditionally labor day has been the day we celebrate american workers of the problem is, a lot of them, millions of them, are not working. president obama will deliver an increasingly difficult message urging them to hang on. this afternoon president obama spends labor day with union leaders in milwaukee. union leaders say what has traditionally been a day of celebration has become a day of frustration for many. >> 11 million people out of work, i have less to be thankful for than those on wall street doing quite well. >> reporter: unemployment creeped up to 9.6%. jobs
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Sep 8, 2010 5:30pm PDT
earth. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. a southern pastor with a small following suddenly has people all over the world following his plans. that's because he has pledged to burn a copy of the koran this weekend. despite a number of people, including his own government, pleading with him not to. there are a lot of issues at work here -- religion and free speech, deep anger and recent american history among them. we begin tonight with nbc's kerry sanders who has spoken with the pastor in gainesville, florida. kerry, good evening. >> reporter: well, good evening, brian. despite those calls from the highest levels of the u.s. government, the pastor here says he is not backing down. on the anniversary of september 11, he plans to take the islamic holy book and burn it. burn the koran. pastor terry jones says he has more than 200 koran and he claims a message from god to pile them up and burn them saturday. >> it is by no means a stunt. we have thought this out. we have prayed this through. we believe that this type of message
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Sep 14, 2010 4:00am PDT
an incredible bird's-eye view of hurricane igor. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers particularly the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. >>> today we begin with the battle over taxes. senate republicans vowed to block president obama's plan to cut middle class taxes yesterday unless bush era reductions for the wealthy are also preserved. this economic debate has been heating up for months now. and on this final primary day before november's midterm elections, it could reach a boiling point. nbc's tracie potts joins us live now from capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: it is clear the battle lines are drawn despite what we saw yesterday may have been a hint of compromise between republicans and the democratic party. republican john boehner hinting he might support president obama's plan to extend tax cuts only forethose who make up to $250,000. not for people who make more than that. but the republican party, other member, came back and made it very clear that they want these bush tax cuts extended for everyone, including th
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Sep 24, 2010 5:00am EDT
elections in november. nbc's tracie potts joins us. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: what to do about taxes. the senate confirmed what the house already said, this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november. not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls, however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire people, buy equipment, expand and help pull this economy out of a slump. the gop called it a bailout. their plan is their new pledge to america, a government that's too big, they say is something they want to get rid of if they're elected in november. they also want to expand tax cuts and several other measures that
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Sep 12, 2010 6:30pm EDT
possible by constellation energy group] captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, for the first time since a gas line explosion ripped through their neighborhood, residents of san bruno, california lucky enough to still have homes are back in them tonight. but their neighborhood is nothing like the one they left just three days ago. san bruno is south of san francisco, and take a look at this image from google earth taken a few years ago. a typical suburban neighborhood. now, look at that same neighborhood today -- devastation. house after house flattened. at least four people died. six more are still missing tonight. nbc's miguel almaguer is in san bruno. good evening, miguel. >> kate, good evening. after the explosion, there were hours of chaos and confusion. and today there remains uncertainty. we still don't have the exact cause of the blast, the death toll could rise. all of this as some eevacuees go home. >> we will not be allowed to exit your neighborhood until the re-entry process is complete. >> after three days of waiting, many san bruno residents who na
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Sep 16, 2010 4:30am EDT
in a oregon firefighters race to rescue a camel stuck in a sinkhole. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with getting down to business. primaries are over. midterm elections are just weeks away. and now president obama is slamming republicans for holding up his tax plan to prop up small businesses and the middle class nbc's tracie potts joins us for more. >> increasingly, democrats disagree with him over taxes and republicans are digging in, not good sign for a compromise seven weeks before an election. how to win a tax fight and an election? first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> reporter: then put pressure on your opponent. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax increases on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner
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Sep 26, 2010 11:00am EDT
." and then he followed that up. anyway, i'm joined live right now from lithonia, georgia by nbc's than truong. good morning to you. i know you were inside that church this morning. talk about how the pastor was received today and anything else he had to say. >> well, ex, it was a packed house. more than 8,000 people in there. and bishop eddie long was received with a lot of applause and anticipation because keep in mind, this is a huge congregation here, with more than 25,000 members. many of them have been following long for more than 20 years. so when these allegations of sex acts between these two -- all these people here, there was a lot of questions and a lot of them emerged, and today long finally addressed them to the flock. >> i've been accused. i'm under attack. i am not a perfect man. but this thing i'm going to fight. i feel like david against goliath. but i got five rocks, and i haven't thrown one yet. >> reporter: and right afterwards, in between these two services, because there's an 11:00 service happening right now, eddie long called a press conference, and we were anticipatin
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Sep 26, 2010 11:00pm PDT
terry, nbc bay area news. >>> in san francisco, police shot and killed a man in the tenderloin today. shortly after 11:00 this morning, they responded to a noise complaint at the granada hotel on sutter street. when they confronted the suspect, they say he showed a weapon and they opened fire. the man who lives on the floor below the shooting says he didn't hear anything before the gunfire, and he thought the noise could have been related to the football team on tv. >> right after kansas city scored, i heard five or six shots or more. i thought maybe -- it sounded like it was coming from down the street. soy thought it was a kansas city fan celebrating. but i walked out in the hall, i'm on the sixth floor and the shooting happened on the seventh. the cops told me to get back in my room, so i did. >> meantime, just about four blocks away near the intersection of sutter and franklin streets, an armed man barricaded himself in his apartment for most of the day. police and crisis negotiators responded to the scene around 1:30 this afternoon. the incident wasn't resolved until about 7:30
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Sep 9, 2010 4:00pm PDT
" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening from the banks of the mississippi river. we are back here in new orleans tonight. we'll have a word about why a bit later on in the broadcast. >>> but first we must begin tonight with some fast-moving events regarding the pastor from florida who was threatening to burn the holy koran on saturday to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11. tonight it apparently took a phone call from the secretary of defense to make the pastor back down. he said late today he realizes now this is not the time to burn a koran. while initially this was reported to be part of a deal that would also include moving the location of that controversial planned islamic community center near ground zero in lower manhattan in new york, well, that part of this is being denied tonight. we'll sort this all out. we have it covered beginning in florida where the announcement was made this afternoon. we want to begin with nbc's kerry sanders, who's been covering this story in gainesville, florida. kerry, what can you tell us? >> report
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Sep 10, 2010 4:00am PDT
giving. which countries are the most generous. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with chaos in california. the explosion of a natural gas pipeline in a san francisco suburb last night triggered a massive fire leaving one person dead and 53 homes destroyed. that blaze continues to burn this morning. nbc bay area news has more. >> reporter: a san bruno neighborhood erupts in flames in a matter of seconds create a confusing and dangerous scene. >> i had to go look for my 80-year-old father in the house. they said he's gone. they said he's not there. >> reporter: families sitting down for dinner say it shook them to the core. >> a huge fire and smoke everywhere. we just ran for our life. >> reporter: eight months pregnant, betty ran her three kids and ran to safety. >> we just ran. we didn't have any shoes. the kids were -- we had to borrow this from our neighbor. >> reporter: neighbors towed kids and pets. a relentless wall of flames. retired
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